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Better care and stronger legislation to save babies

Better care and stronger legislation to save babies

Nearly 30 million babies are born too soon, too small or become sick every year and need specialised care to survive, according to a new report by a global coalition that includes Unicef and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

  • Plastics have entered human food chain

    Bits of plastic is detected in the faeces of people in Europe, Russia and Japan, according to research claiming to show for the first time the widespread presence of plastics in the human food chain.

  • Single dose calcium may help reducing maternal mortality

    Bangladesh has made a remarkable success in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), specially when a reduction of 70% women were dying from labour. In the ‘70s, 650 in every 100,000 live births dramatically stands for only 194 now which is a history in the global health. The achievement was possible because of sustained Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate of over 6 percent, reduction of poverty and accessing universal health coverage.

  • Drinking more water

    Drinking more water can prevent recurrent urinary tract infections in younger women

    Increasing water intake helps prevent recurrent urinary tract infections in younger women with low fluid consumption, a JAMA Internal Medicine study finds.

  • Healthy diets

    Healthy diets might reduce the risk for depression

    The most definitive effects on incidence of depression were found with the Mediterranean diet in a meta-analysis of 41 studies.

  • Common winter illnesses in children

    Common winter illnesses in children

    Winter is knocking at the door and few diseases are quite common in our children at this time. Most of the diseases that affect children in winter are common cold, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, tonsillitis and sore throat, asthma, earache, whooping cough, stomach flu or viral diarrhoea, scabies etc.

  • Everyone must act to ban virginity testing

    Virginity testing — a gynecological examination conducted under the belief that it determines whether a woman or girl has had vaginal intercourse — must end, says UN Human Rights, UN Women and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

  • Happiness

    Being kind really does give us a warm glow inside

    New UK research finds that the warm glow we feel after helping others is real, with brain scans showing that the reward centre in the brain is activated after an act of kindness.

  • Childhood Cancer Causes

    Treating childhood cancer

    Cancer is a leading cause of death for children and adolescents worldwide. In high-income countries more than 80% of children with cancer are cured, but in many low and middle income countries (LMICs) only 20% are cured.

  • Paralysed patients able to walk following epidural stimulation

    Two recent separate studies report successes with epidural electrical stimulation in helping paralysed patients regain the ability to walk.

  • Invest more for mental health

    Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job. For many, these are exciting times. They can also be times of stress and apprehension however. In some cases, if not recognised and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness.